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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): How Trauma, Abuse and Neglect Can Impact Placement in Juvenile Dependency Cases – 2022

August 23, 2022

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): How Trauma, Abuse and Neglect Can Impact Placement in Juvenile Dependency Cases 2022

In California, there is a growing awareness of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on child welfare.

In juvenile dependency cases, the number of ACEs a child has is one of the factors that determine their placement in juvenile dependency cases.

Children with more ACEs are more likely to be placed in out-of-home care than children with fewer ACEs.

This article will provide an overview of ACEs and discuss how they impact juvenile dependency cases in California.

What are ACEs?

ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. They are experiences that children go through that can negatively impact their physical, emotional, and social development. ACEs can include things like abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence.

ACEs can also include witnessing parental substance abuse or mental illness or growing up in a household with domestic violence.

ACEs are often interrelated and can have a cumulative effect on children. Therefore, the more ACEs a child has, the more significant the impact on their health and well-being.

 In California, ACEs are one of the factors that judges consider when making child welfare decisions.

Why Does ACEs Matter?

The early history of trauma, abuse, and neglect is long and complex. ACEs are not new, but our understanding of them is evolving.

ACEs were first identified in the 1990s by Dr. Vincent Felitti and Dr. Robert Anda of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A questionnaire about adverse childhood experiences was mailed to over 9,508 adults.  Seven categories of adverse childhood experiences were studied: psychological, physical, or sexual abuse; violence against mother; or living with household members who were substance abusers, mentally ill or suicidal, or ever imprisoned.

Persons who had experienced four or more categories of childhood exposure, compared to those who had experienced none, had increased health risks for alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, and suicide attempt; increase in smoking, poor self-rated health, and an increase in physical inactivity and severe obesity.

ACEs have been studied extensively since then, and we now know that they are a risk factor for a wide range of health problems, including heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

In addition, ACEs are also a risk factor for mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

How do ACEs Impact Child Placement in Juvenile Dependency Cases?

In California, ACEs are one of the factors that judges consider when making child welfare decisions. This is because ACEs can have a profound impact on children’s development and their future health and well-being.

ACEs are a risk factor for juvenile dependency because they can lead to problems such as abuse, neglect, and delinquency. ACEs can also make it difficult for children to form attachments and bond with their caregivers. 

The number of ACEs a child has is one of the factors that determine their placement in juvenile dependency cases. Children with more ACEs are more likely to be placed in out-of-home care than children with fewer ACEs.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE AN OPEN JUVENILE DEPENDENCY CASE?

If you have been accused of abuse or neglect, it is crucial to get an attorney as soon as possible.

If you are are facing allegations of abuse or neglect, or have an open dependency case, it is crucial to understand your rights in juvenile dependency cases.

You deserve to have a lawyer who will help you fight to get your children back. If you are dealing with a juvenile dependency case, DCFS case, or CPS case in Orange County, California, or Southern California, you need the juvenile dependency attorneys at ALL Trial Lawyers by your side.

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